Remains Officially Identified As Those of Missing Franklin Co. Woman

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

Remains found in an abandoned well off Casey Road in Canon have been positively identified as that of a missing Canon woman.

Franklin County Sheriff Stevie Thomas said that the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur called his office Monday afternoon to say they had made a positive identification.

Georgia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kris Sperry said he determined the remains are that of 33-year old Bonny Anne Cooner.

Sperry said he has declared the cause of death to be strangulation with blunt head trauma.

Cooner disappeared January 28 from the home she and her 12-year old son shared with her live-in boyfriend 43-year old Brent James Shubert in Canon.

After an exhaustive search by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Cooner’s body was found Saturday evening after authorities received a tip.

Shubert was arrested hours later in Anderson, South Carolina and charged with her murder.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jimmy LeCroy said Shubert signed extradition papers Monday morning in Anderson and was transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.

Shubert is charged with malice murder, aggravated assault and concealing a death. Additional charges may also be brought at a later date, according to the GBI.

Thomas said Shubert is expected to go before the Franklin County Magistrate Judge sometime today.